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Thomas Nyström

Doctoral student

Thomas Nyström
Doctoral student
thomas.nystrom.2@hdk.gu.se
0707-835817

Postal Address: Box 131, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Kristinelundsgatan 6-8 , 41137 Göteborg


HDK - Academy of Design and Crafts (More Information)
Box 131
405 30 Göteborg
www.hdk.gu.se/sv
info@hdk.gu.se
Fax: +46 31 786 4888
Visiting Address: Kristinelundsgatan 6 - 8 , 411 37 Göteborg

About Thomas Nyström

Thomas Nyström has more than 14 years of experience within design and product development, project management and organizational change management. Work experiences from a broad product field, ranging from product design of medical devices to consumer packaging and interaction design for web and automotive applications.
From 2004 his main focus has been on strategic issues regarding sustainability and innovation in design and product development.

Research project: "Design for circular business models in the automotive industry"

Reducing and slowing down throughput of resources by avoiding and transforming waste into valuable resources, is a cornerstone in a circular economy. Circular business models, where OEMs recirculate products over multiple lifespans, require products that are designed in a different way to minimize the risk of product obsolescence. Designers must then create products that can adapt to unforeseeable futures, where changes to consumer needs and service content, policies and technologies cannot be predicted in detail at the design stage.

This research project takes a multi-level perspective on the internal and external factors that affects long lasting and multiple lifecycle products within a circular business model, and explores potential design strategies for future-adaptable products (especially vehicles).

A future adaptable vehicle is a durable and aesthetically contemporary vehicle that is easy to maintain and repair and where components can be replaced and upgraded to improve energy efficiency, overall expression, and colour and trim. As new technologies and visual updates become available. Future adaptable products make it possible to use products and components over a longer use periods, and thus reduce waste, and benefit from technological innovation by upgrading components that improve environmental performance.

Design strategies that can keep an adaptable vehicle contemporary and be able to deliver the right user experience over time (that can avoid aesthetical and functional obsolescence) will be a dominating part in the project.

Research questions include:

  • How can business and design logics in the automotive industry be aligned to build applicable knowledge and skills about long-term thinking in the early stages of design & product development?
  • Which tools are suitable for designing vehicles that can adapt to resist aesthetic, social, functional, technological and economic changes and customer needs?
  • How can customer acceptance of future adaptable products be verified in the early stages of concept development? For example, what are central criteria for customers and users to keep using or owning future adaptable vehicles over time?


The research project is collaboration between Business & Design Lab and Rise Viktoria.
Main supervisor: Lisbeth Svengren Holm
Co-supervisor: Mats Williander, Research Manager, Rise Viktoria

Latest publications

Genome-wide imaging screen uncovers molecular determinants of arsenite-induced protein aggregation and toxicity
Stefanie Andersson, Joana Rodrigues, Antonia Romero, Sansan Hua, Xinxin Hao et al.
International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg, Sweden, workshop presentation (2019), Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

FUTURE-ADAPTABILITY FOR ENERGY AND RESOURCE EFFICIENT VEHICLES
Thomas Nyström, Lisbeth Svengren Holm
Proceedings of the 21 st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED17), Vol. 5: Design for X, Design to X , Vancouver, Canada, 21. - 25.08.2017., Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

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2019

Genome-wide imaging screen uncovers molecular determinants of arsenite-induced protein aggregation and toxicity
Stefanie Andersson, Joana Rodrigues, Antonia Romero, Sansan Hua, Xinxin Hao et al.
International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg, Sweden, workshop presentation (2019), Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

2017

FUTURE-ADAPTABILITY FOR ENERGY AND RESOURCE EFFICIENT VEHICLES
Thomas Nyström, Lisbeth Svengren Holm
Proceedings of the 21 st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED17), Vol. 5: Design for X, Design to X , Vancouver, Canada, 21. - 25.08.2017., Conference paper 2017
Conference paper

Showing 1 - 2 of 2

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